Roger Doyle - The Ninth Set - sectors 1& 2

Duration: 30'

From 2002 to 2005 I worked on a large-scale composition project called Passades, culminating in 2 hours of music. Structurally the music was divided into 'sets', made up of several related musical ideas joined together. Each 'set' lasted from about 10 to 20 minutes. After composing 8 sets I imagined the project was finished and Passades - Volumes 1 and 2 was released on two CDs on the BV Haast label in Amsterdam. A Passade is an equestrian term meaning to move backwards and forwards over the same space. The music software I was using transformed incoming sounds by ‘freezing’ them like a freeze-frame on video or DVD. I then moved the sounds slowly forwards and backwards onscreen by mouse manipulation, like a sound calligrapher, using real-time hand to eye to ear co-ordination. Early in 2006 I embarked on a ninth set. This Ninth Set is a 67 minute single-movement composition, constructed in 5 seamless sectors. The sounds in sector 1 and 2 come from frozen fragments of an orchestral work of mine, together with my wife Mary’s voice (much to her surprise). To me the music has a supernatural feeling to it, but I have kept the title neutral, so that you can imagine what it is yourselves. I completed it in the summer of 2007. Sectors 4 and 5 from The Ninth Set were awarded the Magisterium Prize at the Bourges International Electro-acoustic Music Competition, France, in 2007. The Ninth Set has been released on the German Die Stadt label.



Roger Doyle